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. i need the help of the united states government. >> i immediately knew it was bob, so i watched very carefully trying to figure out what the message was and i still don't know. >> reporter: this is bob levinson in better times. he's the father of seven and now has two grandchildren. in march of 2007, working as a private investigator, levinson travelled to dubai on a case involving counterfeit cigarettes. he took a side trip to kish island, an iranian free trade zone that requires no entry visa. he met with a contact there and was arrested by iranian authorities. >> when this first happened, i expected him to be home in a couple of days. unfortunately, that hasn't happened. and we still have no information on where he is or how to get him home. >> reporter: but you believe he's in iran. >> i believe he's live and in iran or one of the countries nearby. >> reporter: in 2007, levinson's wife christine along with her son daniel traveled to teheran to meet with iranian officials, but the iranians said they had no information about levinson. did you get the impression that they were stymi
hopefully resolve bob's case. >> you consider these comments a step forward? >> yes, i do. i do. i hope the iranian government and president ahmadinejad will continue to work to return bob to his family. >> that's a really interesting story. when we talked to him about that, there's indication that he is there, this acknowledgment there's been some discussion of a swap and we'll see if there's some movement on this case. a family is missing their father and grandfather for more than five years. >> one aspect of the story we didn't report which is after yards iranians said no, no, he's in pakistan. i don't know whether that is, in fact, true or not or whether they knew or were informed on the situation. >> sure did seem encouraging news for the family. when i was watching, i was thinking how they must feel hearing that. >> the first time he's said, yes, i know all about him, and we've had people talking about him. >>> an interest story in the well street journal saying cell phones are eating the family budget. government data shows consumers have spent more on phone bills for the past fo
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